After the very first Kindle was launched, it brought about a revolution in the concept of reading, since this tiny and ultra-portable device allowed its users to obtain and read their favorite literature (be it a novel or a magazine) wherever they were, with no connection to a computer. The Kindle 2, launched in February 2009, builds on this notion, but brings in this area some very remarkable innovations, while maintaining those features that made the first model so popular.
Some of its key features are:
- Slim: Just over 1/3 of an inch, as thin as most magazines.
- Lightweight: At 10.2 ounces, lighter than a typical paperback.
- Books in Under 60 Seconds: Get books delivered through wireless in less than 60 seconds; no PC required.
- 3G Wireless: 3G wireless lets you download books right from your Kindle; no annual contracts, no monthly fees, and no hunting for Wi-Fi hotspots.
- International Coverage: Enjoy 3G wireless coverage at home or abroad in over 100 countries.
- Paper-Like Display: Reads like real paper without glare, even in bright sunlight.
- Carry Your Library: Holds up to 1,500 books.
- Long Battery Life: Read for days without recharging.
- Read-to-Me: With the experimental Text-to-Speech feature, Kindle can read newspapers, magazines, blogs, and books out loud to you, unless the book's rights holder made the feature unavailable.
- Free Book Samples: Download and read first chapters for free before you decide to buy.
- Large Selection: Over 350,000 books, including 104 of 112 New York Times Best Sellers, plus US and international newspapers, magazines, and blogs.
- Low Book Prices: New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases are $ 9.99, unless marked otherwise. When traveling abroad, you can download books through wireless from the Kindle Store or your Archived Items. US customers will be charged a fee of $ 1.99 for international downloads.
The Kindle 2 stores 2GB of memory, sufficient to store up to 1500 e-Books. As for battery life, the e-Book reader provides up to 4 days of reading after a single charge. Of course, if you switch off the wireless module, the battery life will noticeably amplify.
The Kindle 2 provides an extensive file compatibility catalog, including the following formats: TXT, MP3, Kindle (AZW), Audible (formats 4, unshielded MOBI, Audible Enhanced (AAX)), PRC natively; PDF, HTML, JPEG, DOC, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion. If you are wondering what the Audible and MP3 formats have to do with this, I must state that the new Kindle in fact comes packed with built-in stereo speakers and text-to-speech technology, the device being essentially able to "read" to the user.
Good News for international readers! Starting from October 19, 2009 the Kindle will be accessible for the first time ever for international orders.
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